Riviera Beach Police Chief Clarence Williams is accusing a WPEC crew of racism after they came to his house Friday night.
As Gossip Extra first reported, Williams was mad a crew from the West Palm Beach, FL, CBS affiliate showed up at his house asking about an amber alert that had recently been lifted. The amber alert was for 2-year-old Le-Rail Johnson who was found safe over the weekend.
“I consider their actions a violation of public trust and RACIST!!” the chief wrote in an email. “No other public safety official in this media market has ever been treated this way.”
According to Gossip Extra, the chief refused to be interviewed for the story and claimed the crew disturbed his neighbors and his 87-year-old mother. See the entire email after the jump.
Here’s the email:
From: “Williams, Clarence D, lll” <
Date: May 10, 2014 at 12:32:33 PM EDT
To: “Brown, Rose Anne”
Cc: “Ryan, Pamala Hanna”
Subject: Re: Amber Alert Downgraded
Rose Anne, please let c-12 news director know I am not happy about their new crew coming to my home…disturbing my 87 year old Mother and neighbors. I consider their actions a violation of public trust and RACIST!! No other public safety official in this media market has ever been treated this way. I will be meeting with the City Attorney on Monday as well as my personal Attorney to seek an injunction preventing future displays of this nature on news issues not related to me in my capacity. I want a letter from my PIO expressing outrage at this practice and expressed again at your next association PIO meeting!
TVSpy has asked WPEC and the Riviera Beach Police Department for comment. We will update when we hear back.